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We Need the Truth from the EPA

April 26, 2011

The work done by the EPA is too important for the EPA to use misleading information to support its activities.

When the EPA claims that a regulation will save X number of lives or X billions of dollars, we should be confident the claims are accurate. The intrusiveness of the EPA and the negative economic impact of many of its regulations, demand that the savings used to justify the EPA’s actions are accurate.

After analyzing claims made by the EPA, economists Randall Lutter and Richard B. Belzer wrote: “We know of no professional economist independent of EPA who takes the EPA’s estimate seriously,” for – if actually true – the sum would equal “roughly the aggregate net worth of all U.S. households.”

Lutter and Belzer were referring to the EPA having credited itself with achieving $22.2 trillion in benefits at a cost of $0.5 trillion by enforcing the Clean Air Act from 1970 through 1990, or a benefit ratio of over 40 to 1.

When taking the claimed benefits from 1970 to 1990, and adding them to the benefits claimed from the amended clean air act after 1990, the total benefits would equal 60% to 70% of annual U.S. GDP – an obviously absurd number. (Taken from an article written by Garrett Vaughn, Ph.D. Economics, Duke University.)

Other comparisons are equally damning.

In addition, Dr. Vaughn identified accounting gimmicks used by the EPA to inflate its claims.

Note should be taken of tax-exempt organizations that are parasites clinging to the claims made by the EPA.

One such organization is the American Lung Association (ALA) that has used the EPA’s claims to promote its fund raising. The ALA even went so far as to take out a billboard advertisement targeting Congressman Fred Upton, who as Chairman of the House Commerce Committee is spearheading action to prevent the EPA from regulating Green House Gasses (e.g. CO2). The ad was a not so subtle picture of a child wearing a gas mask, similar to WWII civil defense ads, with the caption, “Don’t Weaken the Clean Air Act.”

The ad was a total misrepresentation of the work being done by Congressman Upton, who was trying to stop the EPA from cutting CO2 emissions.

Here is a poem by Cliff Ollier, Professor, School of Earth and Environment, University of Western Australia, illustrating the importance of CO2.

CO2 and H2O and sunlight

Are the reason we can eat our daily bread

CO2 and H2O and sunlight

Without the CO2 we’d all be dead

For plants store energy by making sugars

And other foods that bring us great delight.

It’s the basis of all life upon the planet

CO2 and H2O and light

Photosynthesis is what they call it,

Photo puts the emphasis on light

Synthesis means putting it together

CO2 and H2O and light.

The lion has an antelope for breakfast,

and the antelope, before his final fright,

Ate grass, which like all other vegetation,

Fixed CO2 and H2O and light.

The mighty whale eats krill to keep its weight up,

And the krill eat tiny plants, near out of sight,

And the tiny plants create the basic food store

From CO2 and H2O and light.

The food chain can be very complicated

With formulae to give a student fright,

But the basis of the chain is very simple –

It’s CO2 and H2O and light.

Now some say CO2 is a pollutant,

A poison we must always try to fight

But remember if you want to go on living –

You need CO2 and H2O and light!

CO2 and H2O and sunlight

Are the reason we can eat our daily bread

CO2 and H2O and sunlight

Without the CO2 we’d all be dead

The EPA must provide honest, accurate information so that we, the public, can make a judgment as to whether proposed regulations are justified – economically and socially.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 20, 2011 9:04 am

    Do not rely on political propoganda.

  2. June 20, 2011 10:20 am

    I agree. That’s why my articles are based on facts that can lead to the truth.

  3. David permalink
    June 23, 2011 5:59 am

    Light bulbs are out by order of the EPA. So are plastic replacement nozzles for gas cans. The cost is greater than the gain. Our freedoms are being taken away by bureaucrats. How can we as US citizens eliminate the EPA?

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